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Growing belief is that Jrue Holiday stays in New Orleans on 5-year deal

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Heading into free agency, the New Orleans Pelicans‘ top priority begins with re-signing point guard Jrue Holiday to a new long-term deal.

There are already reports that the Pelicans will be the first team he will talk to once the free agency period begins at midnight on Friday.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, there is a growing sense that Holiday will ink a max contract to remain with the team.

The Pelicans are ready to act fast in order to keep Holiday, as he could consider looking to sign elsewhere on the open market. There is significant interest from several teams across the league because of what he brings to the table in the backcourt. Holiday is reliable scorer and passer that is in the prime of his career at just 27 years of age.

Despite dealing with injuries over the last few seasons, Holiday is coming off a productive campaign where he averaged 15.4 points and 7.3 assists per game. He was highly productive over the last 38 games of the regular season, averaging 16.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the floor along with 7.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals.

Holiday’s return to the Pelicans would maintain stability in the backcourt, keeping him alongside All-Star big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.